History of Ancient Greece: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Leila Brollosy Pullum

Leila has taught a variety of elementary school grade levels over the last four years and has her master's degree in educational studies.

Ancient Greece, the time from around 800 B.C. to 500 B.C., was a period of history known for amazing achievements in the arts and learning. This lesson will give you an overview of ancient Greek life and some of the Greek's most notable accomplishments.

Ancient Greece

Zeus, Athena, Aphrodite. Sound familiar? These are the names of a few of the ancient Greek gods and goddesses that have become well known through books and movies today. How about the legendary philosophers Aristotle and Socrates? The Greeks are famous for mythology and philosophy, but they are also known for making many other contributions to the world. Even the Olympics began with the ancient Greeks!


The ancient Greeks were brilliant architects, or building designers. They developed the acropolis, which is any complex that is constructed on a hill. The Acropolis in Athens was built to honor the goddess Athena and to show the world how magnificent Athens was. The Acropolis is home to several monuments, the most popular being the Parthenon. The Acropolis was the place where citizens would gather to learn, worship, watch theater and stay informed on political life. Imagine sitting atop the Acropolis in ancient times. Would you be listening to a great speech or watching a performance? The Acropolis is one of the world's most famous tourist attractions.

The Acropolis
The Acropolis

The City-State

The city-state, also known as the polis, was a major part of Greek life. Greece was a farming society. The people lived in villages and as time went on, they organized and grew. The people of the villages knew they needed to organize and be united, so the idea of the city-state was born. Each of these villages became a city-state. Athens, for example, was a city-state.

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